The consumer prices index posted a noticeable increase of 5.1% in January 2012,, compared with January 2011, as a result of the rising prices of food (+6.6%), tobacco (+9.8%), clothing and footwear (+6.3%), as well as restaurants and hotels (+6%), according to figures released, on Thursday, by the National Statistics Institute (INS).
Regarding the rise of the December 2011 to January 2012 prices index, INS pointed out a rise of 0.7%, as a result of the jump of prices of foodstuffs and beverages (+1.5%), the
rise of some basic consumer products, such as eggs (+15%), meat (+3.4%), vegetables (+1.8%), spices (+2.4%).
Furniture and household appliances prices increased by 1% as a result of the rising prices of products and maintenance services (+2.3%).
The restaurant and hotel group went up by 0.7%, given the rise of hotel services of 1.9%, while the clothing group rose by 0.6%.